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Falcon Ranch February 2018

School News KATY

School News KATY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT WWW.KATYISD.ORG IMPORTANT DATES February 16 th - Early Dismissal for Campus Professional Learning February 19 th - District Professional Learning Day - Student Holiday KATY ISD FRANZ ELEMENTARY CELEBRATES NEW SPARK PARK Waving “Thank You” signs and singing along to a melodious gratitude song, the Franz Elementary (FES) Choir officially dedicated their new SPARK Park, which is now available for public use during non-school hours and on weekends. This park is a collaborative effort between Katy ISD, FES parents, students, staff, the PTA, as well as local entities, who together contributed to the SPARK grant, which was just under $130,000. Fundraising efforts included a $5,000 donation from the PTA and a week-long of SPARK fundraising activities at the school, that included taping the principal to a wall, crazy hair day and water games that included popsicles, of which $2,150 was collected. Other funding included $1,000 from the West Harris County MUD #7, $1,000 from Raintree Village Homeowner’s Association and the design work was paid for by Katy ISD. SPARK contributed $116,000 from The Kinder Foundation and Houston Endowment park desert initiative. The park includes a concrete trail, sensory play panels, musical instruments and four bollards covered with tiles painted by students and staff. When visitors walk through the park, they will notice a variety of trees, which include Monterrey oaks, Mexican plums and anacua trees. In total, 34 trees were donated by Trees for Houston. Principal Sylvan shared, “It has been said that ‘A true community is not just about being geographically close to someone or a part of the same social network.’ It’s about feeling connected and responsible for what happens. Humanity is our ultimate community and everyone plays a crucial role.” “We hope during the break, you will come and enjoy this park,” added Ashley Vann, Katy ISD Board of Trustees President. SPARK, an organization created in 1983 to increase park and recreational spaces in the Greater Houston area, has helped to turn underutilized school playgrounds into neighborhood parks at more than 200 locations. This is the third SPARK Park at a Katy ISD school. CINCO RANCH HIGH FOUR KATY-AREA ROBOTICS TEAMS ADVANCE TO FIRST LEGO LEAGUE REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT The Cinco Ranch Junior High gym echoed with the sound of cheering as the CRyptonite robotics team from Cinco Ranch High School (CRHS) hosted their seventh annual FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO® League Katy Qualifier robotics tournament. Of the 24 teams competing, four from the Katy-area and two others earned a coveted “Golden Ticket” to advance to the FIRST LEGO League Texas South Region Championship Tournament, which was held January 27, 2018 at the British International School in Katy (www.fllhouston.com/previewchamp). FIRST LEGO League is an annual international robotics competition for students from 4 th to 8 th grade in teams of two to ten members. The teams create and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology to solve as many pre-determined missions as possible in a 2 ½ minute time period. They also research a real-world problem and create and present a solution to judges, all while demonstrating core values, such as having fun, gracious professionalism® and coopertition®. CRyptonite is a FIRST Robotics Competition team from Cinco Ranch High School that builds more advanced robots to compete in international competitions for high school-age students. The team is dedicated to developing engineering, problem-solving and teamwork skills. In addition to organizing and running the Katy Qualifier, CRyptonite members who were previously on FIRST Lego League teams helped coach three of the Katy-area teams that are advancing. According to Bella Riffle, CRHS senior and fourth year CRyptonite team member, who was Student Coordinator for the tournament, “CRyptonite is dedicated to developing the next generation of scientists and engineers and this tournament helps support that goal.” To this end, a Rookie Coach Award was given to Alex Dial for his work with the Computerized Coyotes team from Beck Jr. High. Dial, a second-year member of CRyptonite, was a on a FIRST LEGO League team at Beck. Added Kyna McGill, first year CRyptonite member and announcer for the qualifier, who also mentored an advancing team, “FIRST taught me many valuable lessons about teamwork, project management and more and motivated me to continue in robotics. Several team members are using this knowledge to help develop and give back to younger teams.” 24 February 2018 | Community Newsletter

Qualifier Award Recipients Teams which won awards in the individual phases of the competition and received a Golden Ticket to compete in the FIRST LEGO League Texas South Region Championship Tournament in January were: • Champions Award - Banshees (Team 31103): Houston (rookie team) • Programming - Beck-O-Bytes (Team 15593): Beck Jr. High, Katy • Research - Brainiac Maniacs (Team 25108): Girl Scouts of San Jacinto County, Katy (Elementary age) • Presentation - Symbiotes (Team 30582): Beck Jr. High, Katy (rookie team) • Innovative Solutions - Cyberwolves (Team 13764): Beck Jr. High, Katy • Strategy and Innovation - Computerized Coyotes (Team 34795): Beck Jr. High, Katy (rookie team) Other awards presented at the tournament were: • Teamwork - SLJH1 (Team 21405): Seven Lakes Jr. High, Katy • Mechanical Design - Memorial Parkway Eagles Two (Team 27461): Memorial Pkwy Jr. High, Katy (rookie team) • Inspiration - Sabercats (Team 24061): Smith Middle School, Cypress (rookie team) • Gracious Professionalism - Bulldog Bots (Team 35602): Richmond (rookie team) • Robot Score - Brainiac Maniacs (Team 25108): Girl Scouts of San Jacinto County, Katy (Elementary age) For more information, please visit www.team624.org. SEVEN LAKES HIGH SCHOOL Water Heaters • Drain Problems Faucet Installation & Repair Gas Test • Water Leaks & Much More 35+ Years Experience 832-890-8449 TonysPlumbing57@hotmail.com Always there for you! $30 off any Job Over $95 Low Price Guarantee Licensed & Insured FREE ESTIMATES MPL#40815 VICTORY PAINTING & WOOD ROT REPLACEMENT PROMPT - RELIABLE - AFFORDABLE - SINCE 1993 Interior & Exterior Painting • Storm Damage Repair Siding Replacement • Custom Woodwork Extensive References • Free Estimates Will Meet or Beat Competitor’s Prices • Satisfaction Guaranteed www.VictoryPaintingTx.com • Victor@VictoryPaintingTx.com 281-853-4575 LICENSED TACLB021058E INSURED HEAT FREE 1st lb. Freon (R410 only) 1/2 Priced Condenser Coil Cleaning 1 Yr. Warranty On Parts Changed We Value Your Business All Brands Serviced Local Neighborhood Company Fast Personalized Service We Will Heat & Cool Your Castle! The Memory Tree Where your memories are preserved for years to come • Photos • Slides • Negatives Digitized • Old Photos Restored • Photo Books Created Mom! 832-220-8034 dglenn@photomemorytree.com http://www.photomemorytree.com Call Dianne Memory books for COOL SEVEN LAKES BEST BUDDIES Seven Lakes High School Best Buddies hosted their Thanksgiving and Holiday parties in November and December. Participants got to enjoy snacks, dancing and crafts. The Best Buddies program, in high schools, fosters one-to-one friendships between high school students with and without IDD. The Best Buddies High Schools program helps break through social barriers at an important time in a young person’s life. For more information, go to www.bestbuddies.org. Community Newsletter | February 2018 25